Book Review: All About Evie

As a child, Evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. As an adult, they have become a simple fact of life—sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, much like her quirky, loveable family.  Evie’s mother, Poppy, and her aunts, Camellia and Iris, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats. Their floral shop and Evie’s bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie’s sister, Jules, is getting married on the island.
 
As Jules plans her unconventional wedding, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, sister, and aunts, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true. The results blow apart everything Evie has grown up believing about herself and her family. Spurred on by the revelations, Evie uncovers the real story of her past. But beyond her feelings of shock and betrayal, there are unexpected opportunities—to come to terms with a gift that has sometimes felt like a curse, to understand the secrets that surrounded her childhood, and to embrace the surprising new life that is waiting for her . . .

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first novel by Cathy Lamb and I thought it was truly magical. I was drawn in from page one and it put me in my feels throughout. Lamb did such a wonderful job at world building that I found myself torn from wanting to actually be on the island with her wonderfully unique characters and feeling like I was already there. 

When I say All About Evie made me feel all the things.. I mean it made me feel ALL THE THINGS. I laughed, I cried, then I laughed some more. This story stuck with me days after reading it. I found myself thinking about this story days later and smiling because it exists. 

The characters are unique and hilarious but still incredibly relatable. I really wish I could meet them in real life. My favorite had to be Betsy and I really wish we could get an origin story on her. I loved her story line. I need to know more about her time in prison. 

All About Evie made me ugly cry but I loved every second of it. I highly recommend this book if you want something truly engaging and easy to read. 

A special thank you to Cathy Lamb, NetGalley, and Kensington Books for the opportunity to review this title. It was wonderful.
Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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